Lucy Simpson at the Craft & Design Career Conference
- When 12 Aug - 13 Aug 2017
361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
One of Australia’s leading organisations supporting and promoting contemporary craft and design – Craft (Victoria) – is launching its annual conference addressing issues of fundamental concern to design and crafts practitioners today. The theme of this year’s conference is Design & Craft as a Career, enabling practitioners and the public to discuss and debate the value of the ‘hand-made’ in today’s commercialised world and methods of building and maintaining a career as an Australian crafts-person.
The conference will run across two days, providing opportunities for audience members to hear from well-recognised and achieved practitioners regarding their own experiences. In addition, the conference will provide break-out sessions for networking and one-on-one professional advice workshops.
Organisers have selected speakers to ensure that a wide range of craft and design disciplines are showcased. Speakers include: Anna Ross (from chemical-free nail-polish guru Kaster Black); Bianca Mavrick (statement jewelry designer); Cath Hope (Australian quilter and owner of douglas & hope); Lucy Simpson (UNSW Art & Design graduate and Indigenous textile designer); Mae Finlayson (Tasmanian-based artist and designer); Maryann Talia Pau (contemporary weaver and creator of the One Million Stars to End Violence); Nathan Jurevicius (Canadian animator, illustrator, and toy-maker); Olivia Poloni (Melbourne-based curator at Craft Victoria); Penny Modra (Melbourne-based editor of The Good Copy); Rayna Fahey (contemporary cross-stitch artist); and Tim Ross (creator of Man About the House an innovative Sydney-based performance company).
UNSW Art & Design graduate, Lucy Simpson, is a Sydney-based artist and designer with a focus on story-telling and narrative, sharing aspects of country and contemporary South Eastern Aboriginal culture. She is a Yuwaalaraay woman belonging to the freshwater country of the Walgett Lightning Ridge and Angledoon areas of North Western New South Wales, and area from which she draws inspiration for much of her work. Simpson is the founder and director of the design company and accessories label, Gaawaa Miyay. She has exhibited her art and design works at the Australian Design Centre (ADC), Blacktown Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse, and as part of the London Design Festival and the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India.